Wandering Jew Plant: How to Propagate

I bought 2 wandering jews. They died in the middle but still have stringers that are pretty healthy. I’ve cut them off now what do I do with them? Do I put them in water to root or put root stimulator on them and put them in dirt. Your advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you, Terry

Hi Terry,

 
Wandering Jew plants are propagated using stem cuttings. Be sure to remove all leaves within two inches of the bottom of the 4”- 6” cutting. Try to locate a node on the stem and cut right below it. A node is a small bump on the stem where a new leaf will grow. During propagationLearn how to propagate plants by plant division at https://www.houseplant411.com/glossary, this is where the new roots develop. Sometimes you can’t locate the node, so just be sure you are taking the cutting from a mature, healthy stem.
 
Wandering jew plants are easily propagated in water. Remember to remove any leaves at the bottom of the stem that might get into the water. I like to use a clear glass jar so I can watch the roots develop; once the roots are a few inches long it’s time to plant the cuttings in soil. It usually takes about 2-5 weeks for roots to appear. Keep the water  levelThese are general guidelines that describe how poisonous certain houseplants are. It's possible for an allergic reaction to occur from contact with any houseplant, toxic or non-toxic. If there is ever a concern, call: Poison Control Center: ******1-800-222-1222****** Level #1: Houseplants with low toxicity, may be mildly irritating, especially the sap of the plant. Level#2: Houseplants with medium to severe toxicity. Eating parts of these houseplants may result in vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pains, skin irritations, and breathing difficulties. Level #3: These houseplants are  very poisonous. When eaten, especially in large quantities,  severe vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pains, skin irritations, and breathing difficulties can occur. Level #4: These houseplants are extremely poisonous. Eating parts of these houseplants can be be life threatening. Every plant listed in our Popular HousePlant guide has a section explaining whether or not it is poisonous and, if so, how poisonous. Amaryllis, alocasia, dieffenbachias, crotons, ivies, azaleas, lilies, and philodendrons are just a few of the highly poisonous plants we use in our homes and offices all of the time. If you don't know whether your houseplant is poisonous, go to Ask Judy on the HousePlant411.com website, send her a picture of your plant, and she'll let you know if the houseplant should be kept away from small children and pets. See colorful pictures and get more information about poisonous houseplants in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants   steady, refilling the water when necessary. Using several rooted stem clippings per pot helps the new plant become bushy and full. 
 
I find that rooting the plants in water is usually more successful and certainly easier than planting the clippings directly into soil. If you do want to plant directly in soil, use a 3 or 4 inch pot with drip holes in the bottom. Again, use 4”-6” clippings that have had their bottom leaves removed. Dip the cut ends in a very small amount of Rooting HormoneRooting Hormone helps plant cuttings produce new roots and is very important to use if you want your propagation attempts to be successful. Always dip the cut end of a stem or leaf into water and then dip it into the rooting hormone before planting it. Tap off any excess powder since too much hormone is worse than too little.. Once planted and watered, place the container in a clear plastic bag and seal the top. This create a mini greenhouse effect. You won’t have to water and new growth should develop in about 4 weeks. Once you see the new growth, you can remove the plastic bag and place your new plant bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light..
These plants are considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants